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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Seedy Sunday Edmonton, Alberta 2016

This Sunday, March 20, 2016, my husband and I attended the Seedy Sunday event in Edmonton, Alberta , the city where our son and family live, and where we are visiting while the grandchildren are on their Spring breaks. I feel so blessed since this is my second opportunity to attend a Seedy Sunday this year, actually, this March!!   If you look back to the previous blog post, you will see that I posted about going to the Seedy Sunday on March 6th at Nanaimo, Vancouver Island.  What is really fun is introducing my daughter-in-law to the Seedy Sunday concept.  She has done a masterful job of gardening in her backyard to the point that her freezer is full of produce through the entire winter.  How many people can say that about their urban kitchen garden?  She really enjoyed herself and came home with some new ideas. We attended a couple of the lectures: the last half of the Food Security panel (with encouragement to not only focus on Food Security, but to also encourage schools

SEEDY SUNDAY 2016 in Nanaimo, BC

This weekend, on Sunday, my husband, Zoe dog and I drove down Island to Nanaimo for the annual Seedy Sunday. Seedy Sunday (or Seedy Saturday) is a gathering of gardeners, local small seed companies and nurseries, in a low-cost local venue where they can learn from one another, exchange ideas and seeds and plants in a comfortable, social setting-- a 'fair' would be another way to describe it.  Nanaimo is located midway up (down) Vancouver Island.  The first Seedy Saturday happened on Vancouver Island 23 years ago, in Victoria.  There are now over 140 Seedy Saturdays/Sundays across Canada. You can find out more about Canadian Seedy Saturday and Sunday schedules by going HERE .  I am happy to see that we will be able to attend another Seedy Sunday this year when we visit our kids and grandkids in Edmonton. Carolyn Herriot was one of this year's Seedy Sunday's speakers.  She has authored The Zero Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide To Growing Organic Food    

Chunky Three Sisters Soup - Organic, Non-GMO, GlutenFree, Vegan, No Added Oils

Today is rainy and foggy.  We must eat a delicious, nurturing, nourishing, healthy hot soup to be revived!  I have innovated to create the following: Chunky Three Sisters Soup ... the Three Sisters are, of course, the hearty indigenous fruits of our North America: Corn , Squash and Beans .  I have also added in Tomato Sauce, Onions , and fragrant Brown Basmati Rice .  This recipe will serve 6 people, or 2 people, if it is spread over a couple of meals for my husband and I. Ingredients: 1 C. Brown Basmati Rice Water to cook Rice in (according to your rice-cooking directions on your package) 1 medium size Squash , your choice, split in half, and roasted in the oven 2 medium Yellow Onions , roughly chopped and toasted in oven with squash 14 oz/398 ml can of Organic Black Beans (or beans soaked and pre-cooked by you) 1 C. Organic Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce (or 1 C. of your preferred Tomato Sauce) 1 C. Frozen or Fresh Organic Corn kernels 4-8 C.  Water or Vegetable Stock 1/2 tsp